'Dismantling the chimney' involves reducing and virtually eliminating all man-made greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere, a process which the Kyoto Conference on Climate Change has done NOTHING to encourage.
Two billion people in the world have no energy. And there is no moral argument to stop them from having it, especially when energy-rich countries waste so much of this vital commodity. Yet, to give energy to all those without it would cripple the earth. The only solution is for the energy-rich North to constructively dismantle its own wasteful practices, whilst helping the energy-poor South to develop clean energy production. This seemingly insoluble dilemma makes population reduction even more necessary.
Typical sources of carbon dioxide/Counting the cost of exhaust emissions/The Paris pollution scare
Cities for Climate Protection Campaign.
This campaign from the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) intends to gain the participation of at least 100 cities worldwide whose combined CO2 output represents 5 -10% of the world total of greenhouse gases. Participating cities will pledge to develop a "local action plan" to reduce local emissions of toxic pollutants with special emphasis on CO2 emissions through the adoption of the "Municipal Leaders' Declaration of Climate Change and the Urban Environment". Over one hundred and fifty municipalities have joined the campaign and their number is growing.
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TAKING APART THE KILLING MACHINES
Industrial dismantlement can be tackled and mastered only by people fluent in the respective field. For example, the motor industry can only be dismantled by the motor industry. When we say "dismantle the motor industry", we don't mean "stop making vehicles". The internal combustion engine will have to go - or at least be made far more efficient, the concept of private ownership of cars will have to go, built-in obsolescence will have to go, and certain manufacturing processes and materials will have to go.
BUT NOT ALL AT ONCE.
We have to start the process of slow but steady readjustment now. This doesn't mean jobs in the motor industry will have to go. Instead it means much longer is spent building each vehicle. Remember, we will also be dismantling the work ethic and the economic pressure to produce in vast numbers.
The vehicle will last longer, too.
We won't have to build any more roads and will even be able to begin dismantling some. There will be no deadly emissions, no traffic jams and greater transport efficiency. Every vehicle on the road will be publicly owned and run.
This is the thinking that will be common in a few years' time when people begin dying in the streets - not through being hit by cars, but through inhaling them. Why wait until that happens to do something about it? We all know it's coming. Are we so selfish that we're prepared to pass the problem on to our children so as to cause ourselves as little inconvenience as possible?
It's up to every individual - every driver of a car whether in Paris, Phoenix, Bangkok or Beijing - to do some inner dismantling of their own.
ECONOMIC DISMANTLEMENT IN GENERAL
Some things don't need dismantling. And in many other areas, it'll suffice just to move sideways. We have to make judgements very accurately when deciding what stays and what goes.
Take a digital alarm clock, for example. It weighs just a few ounces, keeps perfect time to the second for years and operates on virtually no power at all. Why do we defile such brilliance by then requiring the producers of it to work their employees half to death to make more alarm clocks than there are people to wake up?
Why is it that the electronics workers of a certain Far East nation have a working life of only four years? It's because they're either physically exhausted - their life's strength squeezed out of them by the demands of an unnatural working regime - or their eyesight has deteriorated so badly through the same cause that they can no longer see to do the job and are dismissed. These workers are typical of hundreds of thousands throughout the world. Ulcers, boredom, hopelessness, fear of failure, fear of starvation... they're all caused by modern commercial pressures.
The profit motive brings other problems, like over-production. With no one to buy the goods, companies go bankrupt. It happens with sickening regularity, but we keep jumping back on the same old roundabout. Most people are pushed onto it by the structure of our world. Every year the roundabout goes faster and faster. And every year it gets harder to stay on. Anyone in their right mind would see the stupidity of it, not to mention the human misery and waste involved.
That's the essence of economic dismantlement. Change the criteria that define profit.
THE WORK ETHIC,
THE ALARM CLOCK.
So, the dismantlement of the industries and machines that cause deadly emissions will, by definition, be a task mainly for the Northern Hemisphere. But its effects will be felt everywhere.
As things stand today, the multinationals need to expand abroad to maintain profits. They impose themselves on countries that haven't evolved their own capitalism, then keep them from doing so.... because the overdevelopment of one side depends on the underdevelopment of the other. Dismantle the multinationals and suddenly it's a fair game again. But this time, the planet will make the rules.
We must work towards reducing our human numbers while at the same time continuing to promote renewable energy sources like the sun, waves and wind*. The less people there are demanding energy, the less energy we need to produce.
*15% of the electricity used in the Phillipines is produced by drilling holes several kilometres deep and pumping cold water onto the hot rock at the bottom to produce steam to power turbines.
The cost of solar cells is coming down, too. It's estimated that the energy needs of the entire world in the next decade could be met by solar cells covering a mere 4% of the Earth's deserts.
The Kyoto International Conference on Climate Control.